We’re living through what many critics and audiences alike have deemed the “Golden Age of Television.” While many of these discussions focus on prestige dramas, the past few decades have been undoubtedly strong ones for horror television that can both thrill and move audiences. Now more than ever, horror is moving past its genre classification and getting featured in peak TV, like Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” and Hulu’s “What We Do in the Shadows.”
Of course, horror TV has been around long before streaming services and contemporary programming. For instance, Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” is often cited as one of the greatest TV series of all time. Meanwhile, in the 1990s, supernatural series “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files” revolutionized how horror was presented on cable television. Across the world, Japanese anime series have offered plenty of animated action and spine-tingling scares.
But in a time when it feels like there are unlimited TV viewing options in the age of both streaming services and cable programming, narrowing down only 50 horror shows is a hard yet ultimately helpful task for people looking to streamline their viewing options. This is especially true as fall hits and Halloween approaches—if you’ve already seen a plethora of classic scary films, why not get into the spirit of spooky season by enjoying some longer, episodic horror narratives for the very first time?
To help do so, Stacker compiled IMDb data to determine the 50 best horror TV shows of all time as of Oct. 9, 2020. To be considered, the series, miniseries, or limited series had to have at least 10,000 IMDb user votes. Ties were broken by votes.
From anime series like “Attack on Titan” and “Claymore” to anthology shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Black Mirror,” the shows on this list span various countries and time periods.
Counting down from 50, here are the best TV horror series of all time.
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